Seattle City Council

Ross Reynolds talks with outgoing Seattle City Councilmembers Nick Licata, Sally Clark and Tom Rasmussen about how district elections will change our city.

Also, Marcie Sillman hears from UCLA political scientist Chris Tausanovitch on the subject.

Newborn baby with big brother and mom.
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The City of Seattle may soon offer its employees four weeks paid leave to take care of a new child. Mayor Ed Murray and City Council Member Jean Godden laid out the details Monday at a news conference.

Godden said paid parental leave helps reduce the gender wage gap and that women who work and have kids will be better supported.

Demonstrators in Seattle form a human chain around City Hall in support of a $15 minimum wage in April 2014.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien about the potential impact of the $15 minimum wage on Seattle's manufacturing sector.

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Marcie Sillman talks with news analyst and KCTS contributor Joni Balter about the upcoming departure of two longtime City Council members and what that means for the future of Seattle. 

Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen says he won't slack off in his last year: "Call me if you need a stop sign put in."
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Another longtime Seattle City Council member has announced he will not seek reelection this year. Tom Rasmussen said he’ll retire from the council after twelve years. His announcement follows Nick Licata’s similar news last Thursday.

A line of Car2Gos in the South Lake Union district of Seattle.
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Jeannie Yandel speaks with Susan Shaheen, co-director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley, about the expansion of car sharing services like Car2Go in Seattle. The City Council has voted to bump the number of permits for short term rental cars from 500 to 3,000. 

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Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark about a proposal that would require public construction projects to give priority to workers who live in disadvantaged parts of Seattle and King County.

Marcie Sillman talks to Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes about the City Council's consideration of changing the name of the crime "patronizing a prostitute" to "sexual exploitation."

Also, Dr. Melinda Chateauvert, author of "Sex Workers Unite: A History Of The Movement From Stonewall to SlutWalk," explains why she believes the use of the term "sexual exploitation" to describe the crime is wrong. 

A transport vehicle carries the new front end of the bearing block for Bertha. First though, the machine has to be dug out from beneath Pioneer Square.
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They were not reassuring words.

Engineers hired to rescue Bertha, the deep boring machine stalled under downtown Seattle, wrote to state officials: “If we continue the current ‘repair as we go’ method of excavation, we significantly increase the risk of a catastrophic failure.”

Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien, longtime opponent of the waterfront tunnel, has been pushing Washington State Department of Transportation officials to be more transparent.
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Pioneer Square sank more than an inch, and Bertha the giant tunnel boring machine is still stuck, but state officials are putting on a happy face.

Washington State Department of Transportation officials returned to the Seattle City Council Monday to discuss worst-case scenarios for the waterfront tunnel project. Bertha, stuck under downtown Seattle for nearly a year, was mid-rescue when officials realized that buildings were settling deeper into the ground.

Yikes.

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Ross Reynolds talks with Gwendolyn Hallsmith, executive director of the Public Banking Institute, about the benefits of creating a public bank in Seattle.

A sign points towards an exhibit as part of a 2012 art walk on Capitol Hill, Seattle.
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Jeannie Yandel talks with Matthew Richter, Seattle's cultural space liaison, about the recently approved program to create official arts districts around the city. 

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Marcie Sillman talks with real estate appraiser Richard Hagar about a Seattle City Council proposal to charge developers of new residential and commercial buildings a linkage fee to fund affordable housing.

Seattle Loves Books, But Can It Be A City Of Literature?

Nov 3, 2014
Ryan Boudinot says books like Charles Burns' 'Black Hole' (Fantagraphics) helped lift comics into the realm of literature and convey a local perspective borne of Seattle's 'rainy, freaky weirdness.'
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The past couple weeks have been a period of intense lobbying, as Seattle lawmakers prepare the city budget.

On Tuesday, City Council members will start revealing which causes and organizations they’ve chosen to fund with the city's limited pot of discretionary funds.

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Seattle voters will see two competing child care initiatives on their fall ballots.

A proposal from the mayor and City Council would create a subsidized preschool program for 3- and 4-year-olds.

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